Welcome to the Toronto Student Transportation Group’s ‘Access to Education’ website.

The Toronto Student Transportation Group is an initiative between both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our students through various modes of transportation and to help families make informed decisions regarding their transportation choices when accessing education here in Toronto.


School Bus Yellow

The colour of that big yellow taxi is not mellow yellow;

 it’s chrome yellow or school bus yellow


The paint was developed in 1939 when Frank Cyr, a professor at Columbia University assembled a conference of educators, paint experts, and school bus manufacturers.  Among other significant achievements at the conference was the desire to select a colour that would be immediately noticeable with our peripheral vision, and the need to have only one colour for every school bus operated and manufactured.  The colour is a natural yellow pigment mixed with lead chomate and it provides a very good background for black lettering to be visible in the early morning or as it gets dark.School Bus Yellow


While today advertising is visible on many types of vehicles, and many attempts have been made to generate revenue by advertising on school buses, legislators have continually prohibited it, to maintain the visibility.  We do see brighter more noticeable colours even on the vests of school bus drivers, but the life and history of the colour is well worth maintaining, because many people have grown up knowing and expecting to see only this particular yellow on school buses.

“Finding a good bus driver can be as important as finding a good musician.”
By Reba McEntire

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Current News

Transportation verification forms are heading to schools shortly. Please be sure to let your school know if your transportation needs will be changing for next school year. Waiting till the end of the school year or summer is too late. ...

Welcome Back! We hope everyone enjoyed the March break. After the time change, please be alert for students and buses on the road this morning. ...

Fast Facts

  • Number of buses: 1816
  • Number of students transported: 56,617
  • Total distance traveled: 71,241 km
  • Annual budget: $90 M
  • Number of carriers: 7
  • Change requests each September: 1400

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